Chief Surgeon Who?

Season 1, Ep 4, Aired 10/8/72
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  • Episode Description
  • Frank Burns complains about Hawkeye Pierce's disrespect...and Henry appoints Hawkeye chief surgeon, to Burns' shock. The rest of the 4077th "coronates" Hawk while Frank and Hot Lips complain to General Barker. The General's visit provides him with a view of life at the 4077th M*A*S*H unit: camp hijinks, a poker game, and a surgery session. This shows him M*A*S*H has fun but gets the job done.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Larry Gelbart

  • E.W. Swackhamer

  • Jack Riley

    Captain Kaplan

  • Sorrell Booke

    General Wilson Spaulding Barker

  • Bob Gooden


  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Henry decides to appoint a Chief Surgeon to quit the bickering in the OR...who he choses makes everyone in camp very happy, except for two certain majors.

    By Trapper05, Feb 19, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (18)

    • Frank: You're trying to take over. You answer every question, call every shot. Hawkeye: Well, you do it, Frank. I don't care. Frank: But they don't ask me the questions! Hawkeye: Gee, I can't imagine why. You've got a $30,000 car and two homes. Frank: No, that's a $30,000 home and two cars.

    • Hawkeye: (as he walks into his 'coronation') Thank you, thank you. You may all kiss my ring.

    • Henry: Frank, the closest thing to a salute on this post is the camp mutt scratching the fleas behind his ears.

    • Gen. Barker: Do you realize you have a man on patrol in a skirt?! Henry: Well, fortunately he has the legs for it, sir.

    • Klinger: Halt! Henry: Klinger! Klinger: Who goes there? Gen. Barker: The man's naked! Hawkeye: Aw, come on, Klinger, put on a dress or something. Trapper: At least a slip!

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    Notes (2)

    • Though they share no scenes together, this is the only episode of M*A*S*H in which both "Spearchucker" Jones and Cpl. Klinger appear. Spearchucker would be removed from the cast when the creators learned that there were no black surgeons in the Korean War. Klinger would not reappear until "Dear Dad", and as well as in "Dear Dad, Again", after which he would become a cast member.

    • The party celebrating Hawkeye's being named chief surgeon is reminiscent of the scene in the movie when Trapper is named to the same post.

    Trivia (4)

    • Both Frank and Hot Lips were wrong about the regulations. As long as they are a good surgeon, anyone can be made Chief Surgeon regardless of their rank. This is more likely a display of Frank and Hot Lips' self-righteous attitude, regardless of regulations.

    • Henry enters his tent, where General Barker is searching for him. Henry holds a box full of worms in his left hand and a lamp in his right, which he then holds in his left armpit. When he gives the box to Leslie, the lamp suddenly has disappeared.

    • Hawkeye is sitting in the swamp and holds a guitar with his right hand and a glass of Martini with his left. After a cut to Frank and back, the guitar is gone and Hawkeye holds the glass with his right hand.

    • Goof: When Frank asks Hawkeye to assist him with a patient, Hawkeye doesn't bother to change his rubber gloves. This is against proper medical procedure.

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